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Sony Xperia 5 is now official: these are its features

True to his appointment, the Japanese manufacturer Sony has taken advantage of the German IFA fair to unveil your new smartphone high-end: the Xperia 5. It is a team with very advanced features, many of them inherited from the Xperia 1, announced during the MWC, but with dimensions somewhat lower than what is already the standard in this segment.

We have incorporated into the Xperia 5 what our customers loved about the Xperia 1, but in a smaller design with the latest and award-winning technologies from Sony, Mitsuya Kishida, president of Sony Mobile Communications, explained through the official statement issued by the company.

Sony Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 5

screen6.5 ", OLED, 4K panoramic (1664p), 21: 9 format6.1 ", OLED, FullHD + (1080p), 21: 9 format
Size72 x 167 mm68 x 158 mm
Thickness8.2 mm8.2 mm
Weight178 grams164 grams
ProcessorSnapdragon 855, 7nmSnapdragon 855, 7nm
Memory64, 128 GB and microSD128 GB and microSD
Main camera12 MP f / 1.6, zoom 2x 12 MP f / 2.4 and angular 12 MP f / 2.412 MP f / 1.6, zoom 1.35x 12 MP f / 2.4 and angular 12 MP f / 2.4
Front camera8 MP f / 2.0, on edge8 MP * f / 2.0, on edge
Battery3,300 mAh, fast charging 18W3,140 mAh, fast charging 18W
BiometraSide fingerprint sensorSide fingerprint sensor
Connectivity4G, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB C, without jack, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou4G, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB C, without jack, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou
SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
LaunchingJune 2019October 2019
Official price949 eurosTo be confirmed

The most differential element of the Xperia 5, as it already was in the Xperia 1, is 6.1-inch screen with Full HD + resolution, 21: 9 format and OLED technology. The manufacturer once again opts for a somewhat higher panel than usual (21: 9 format) that promises, on the one hand, to offer a more immersive cinematographic experience because this is the format used in the cinema and, on the other hand, a greater area to run two applications on split screen.

The CinemaWide panel also seeks to stand out for fidelity in color representation, and for this it makes use of technologies already present in the BRAVIA TV range and in the high-precision Master Monitor monitors, used by the film industry. In addition, the panel is compatible with ITU-R BT.2020 and DCI-P3 color spaces.

Sony returns to bet on the 21: 9 format, something that differentiates them with the naked eye of other high-end smartphones.

To complement this promising screen, Sony has decided to integrate Dolby Atmos sound technology, which makes the contents reproduced in this telephone even more enveloping. Users of the Xperia 5 can enjoy this technology through the speakers built into the device or, conversely, through compatible headphones.

They are also present, how could it be otherwise, the manufacturer's own audio technologies, which enrich the sound through the speakers and allow maximum squeezing of the headphones designed by the company itself such as the WF-1000XM3 or the WH-1000XM3.

As far as photography is concerned, Sony's proposal consists of three main sensors located in the rear region. Its characteristics are as follows:

  • Standard camera: 12 megapixels of resolution, f / 1.6 and about 1.4 microns pixels.
  • Wide angle camera: 12 megapixel resolution and 16mm equivalent focal length (wide angle).
  • Telephoto camera: 12 megapixel resolution and 35mm equivalent focal length.

An interesting detail is that The telephoto lens incorporated in this Xperia 5, unlike the usual proposals in the industry, does not equal 50 mm, so it does not make two increases without loss of quality specifically, makes 1.35 increases compared to the standard camera. The explanation behind this decision, for the moment, is a mystery.

The combination of a f / 1.6 aperture lens in the main camera with the pixel size (1.4 microns), the Dual Photo Diode image sensor and the noise reduction technologies based on the RAW file translates , according to Sony, in sharp and attractive images even in low light. The manufacturer also ensures that its renewed focus system capable of maintaining focus during a burst of up to 10 FPS with AF / AE tracking produces sharp images even with moving subjects.

To enrich the experience and assist the user during photo shooting, Sony has integrated in the Xperia 5 an assistant named Photography Advice, which informs the user about events such as the capture of closed eyes or the unintended obstruction of the objective.

All these systems are controlled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, present in multiple high-end equipment announced throughout 2019. This is based on a battery of 3,140 mAh significantly lower than that of recent proposals such as the Galaxy Note 10 (3,500 mAh), the Smart Stamina energy management system and the fast charging protocol USB PD (Power delivery).

Although not reaching stores until October, those customers interested in buying the Xperia 5 You can book it from next week. In some markets, in addition, the manufacturer give away WF-1000XM3 headphones (valued at 230 dollars / 250 euros) to all consumers who formalize their reservation.

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